October 11, 2017

United Conservatives looking for answers on deleted emails, Legal Aid mismanagement at Public Accounts meeting

The NDP will have to answer for more than 800,000 deleted government records and an ill-conceived plan to make low-income Albertans pay up front for access to Legal Aid as the Standing Committee on Public Accounts meets today with representatives from Justice and Service Alberta.

The Public Accounts Committee remains the number one venue for holding the government to account and the United Conservatives will be hard at work for Albertans, taking a deep dive into NDP mismanagement of Alberta’s justice and records management systems.

“Last month, the NDP was forced to backtrack on its plan to download the consequences of its fiscal mismanagement onto low-income Albertans seeking to access Legal Aid services,” said UCP Justice Critic Angela Pitt. “Albertans deserve answers as to why this government thought demanding cash up front from those who can least afford to pay was an acceptable strategy to deal with a funding shortfall that they themselves created.”

United Conservative Service Alberta Critc Prab Gill will be asking tough questions on the mass deletion of government records exposed recently by the UCP caucus, echoing triple delete scandals in B.C. and Ontario.

“The NDP has yet to explain why 800,000 government records were deleted and destroyed under their watch, and why taxpayer dollars are being spent rewarding government staff who delete the most emails, regardless of their content,” said Gill. “Government has an obligation to create and retain public records related to the development and implementation of policies. Instead, we see senior officials deleting official records or worse, failing to create them in the first place.”

The UCP members of the Public Accounts Committee are MLAs Scott Cyr, Drew Barnes, Richard Gotfried, and Prasad Panda.  The committee will be meeting today in the Edmonton Federal Building from 9 am to 4:30 pm, and available by livestream here.